Fiji was chosen as a destination on the basis of our world ticket. (New Zealand, Fiji, California). We decided a week of tropical warmth was welcome after three weeks in wintery New Zealand.
Helen visited Dunedin University for 5 months and Rob decided to visit New Zealand afterwards. Rob arrived in Christchurch on June 29th for a 3 week trip. We tried for most endemics, dipped on the Rockwren, did not try for Okarito Brown Kiwi, North Island kiwi and Orange-fronted parrot. The timing of the trip made it impossible to try for New Zealand Petrel.
As a part of his studies Rob spent three months in Australia, mainly doing fieldwork on Sleepy Lizards 200 km north of Adelaide.